Yes, it’s been a long, lonely time since I posted to my wonderful followers about cuttin’ through the red tape to the gettin’ published finish line, but here I am, and I am happy to say that I’ve finally crossed and broken through the ribbon*drum roll please* I’m getting published! Musa accepted my manuscript, Stealing Time for publication in their Urania Speculative and Sci-fi imprint. Stealing Time is scheduled for release August 10, 2012. Can you say walkin’ on air and thus giving my tootsies a break? *big grin*
So, now that I’ve found a publisher, submitted my manuscript, had it accepted, and signed the contract I get to sit back and ride the magic carpet to success as an author, right?
Well, I’m afraid that is dead wrong, my friends. It’s time to get back to reality, here.
Getting accepted by a publishing house, large or small is just the beginning. There will be blood. Okay, maybe not blood, but there are blogs, email accounts such as Blogger and WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook to set up and link, author groups within your publishing house to take an active role in further honing your craft, author interviews to set up for yourself, and interviews by you for your fellow authors, taglines and blurbs to write and rewrite that will help to sell your book, descriptions for the artists to consider when creating your cover, and supporting your fellow writers in their endeavors, and so much more. Not to mention writing your sequel, ahahahaha, that’s the part we love!
Those of you who thought you were entering a cakewalk, or are just plain chickening out may leave the building. We don’t condemn you, seriously, who wouldn’t balk at that list? Of course, it does make one wonder if all writers and authors aren’t just a little nuts, because here we are, ready to get cracking!
Okay, all those still in the game are go. Let’s have some liquid courage before we get into the new round of discussions, you can never get enough caffeine in you if you’re in it for the long haul. *pours various forms of highly caffeinated beverages all around*
Square One: Why I chose an E-book publisher over a traditional format publisher.
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